Wednesday, December 16, 2015 2:41 pm
The Department of State Services, DSS has withdrawn its case against the director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu at the Chief Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
The case, instead, has been moved to the High Court.
Until this development today, Kanu was battling for bail in the court where he faced a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and ownership of an unlawful society.
Consequently Magistrate Shuaibu Usman, on Wednesday discharged Kanu and struck out the case.
But Kanu’s legal tangle has just begun as the Federal Government is filing a charge of terrorism against him in the high court and has procured a court order to detain him for 90 days, beginning from 10 November.
The DSS had told the court after the arraignment of the accused that it had stumbled on some facts which took the matter out of the jurisdiction of the court.
According to the DSS, it was discovered that the accused was involved in terrorism and has been financing it.
The DSS also obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated Nov. 10, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days.
The complainant, therefore, applied to discontinue the matter under Section 108 (1) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the defendant, Vincent Obetta said he was happy with the ruling given by the magistrate.